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Novel Developments of the MetaCrop Information System for Facilitating Systems Biological Approaches

Hippe, Klaus ; Colmsee, Christian ; Czauderna, Tobias ; Grafahrend-Belau, Eva ; Junker, Björn H. ; Klukas, Christian ; Scholz, Uwe ; Schreiber, Falk ; Weise, Stephan

Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics - JIB (ISSN 1613-4516)


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Abstract:
Crop plants play a major role in human and animal nutrition and increasingly contribute to chemical or pharmaceutical industry and renewable resources. In order to achieve important goals, such as the improvement of growth or yield, it is indispensable to understand biological processes on a detailed level. Therefore, the well-structured management of fine-grained information about metabolic pathways is of high interest. Thus, we developed the MetaCrop information system, a manually curated repository of high quality information concerning the metabolism of crop plants. However, the data access to and flexible export of information of MetaCrop in standard exchange formats had to be improved. To automate and accelerate the data access we designed a set of web services to be integrated into external software. These web services have already been used by an add-on for the visualisation toolkit VANTED. Furthermore, we developed an export feature for the MetaCrop web interface, thus enabling the user to compose individual metabolic models using SBML.


Institution: Faculty of Technology, Research Groups in Informatics
DDC classification: Data processing, computer science, computer systems

Suggested Citation:
Hippe, Klaus ; Colmsee, Christian ; Czauderna, Tobias ; Grafahrend-Belau, Eva ; Junker, Björn H. ; Klukas, Christian ; Scholz, Uwe ; Schreiber, Falk ; Weise, Stephan  (2010)  Novel Developments of the MetaCrop Information System for Facilitating Systems Biological Approaches. Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics - JIB (ISSN 1613-4516), 7(3), 2010

Online-Journal: http://journal.imbio.de/article.php?aid=125
URL: http://biecoll.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/volltexte/2010/5025



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